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Alex Robinson

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Vice-Chair, Kent HoldCo
Non-executive Director, Earl Shilton Building Society
MD, Alegra Strategic

Cambridge affiliations

  • MBA, Cambridge Judge Business School (1997)
  • Member of Trinity College

Professional history

Having previously been an executive, Alex has moved into a portfolio career. He is Vice-Chair of Kent HoldCo, which has five principal businesses including IT support and cyber security, office supplies, education consultancy, utility purchasing and a legal firm. Alex is a Non-executive Director of Earl Shilton Building Society, which specialises in UK mortgages and savings. He also provides advice to, and invests in, a number of startup and fintech companies.

Alex started his career as a graduate trainee for Kleinwort Benson, focusing on corporate finance, including the privatisation of Deutsche Telekom and Npower. His MBA at Cambridge Judge Business School was also sponsored by Kleinwort Benson. This was his entry into venture capital and private equity, first at Apax Partners and then LDC. He then moved into management and operational roles, this ultimately resulted in Alex being the Group Commercial Director of Skipton Building Society (£25 billion of assets) and running a portfolio of 11 businesses, chairing the majority, and helping them manage their way through the global financial crisis, which included both tactical and strategic development.

Alex earned his undergraduate degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and also had a one-year scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania.

Society & charity work

Alex co-founded SREG, which offers free mentoring and has helped over 200 businesses since its inception. He is also a local parish councillor and treasurer of the Building Society Golf Association and was previously Chair of Governors of a local school, which achieved an Outstanding assessment.

Alex Robinson.